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#1 User is offline   JeepinIan 

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Posted 05 November 2003 - 07:15 PM

Suprising how some people die!

Attila the Hun, one of the most notorious villains in history, died from a nosebleed on his wedding night. He gorged himself on food and drink at the banquet for his wedding celebration to a young girl named Ildico. He suffered a nosebleed sometime during the night, but was too drunk to notice. He drowned in his own blood and was found dead the following morning.

French national hero Napoleon Bonaparte, successful for conquering most of Europe, was killed by his own wallpaper. Napoleon was imprisoned by the British on the island of St. Helena. Scheele's Green was a coloring pigment used in fabrics and wallpaper at the time. If wallpaper that contained Scheele's Green became damp and moldy, the pigment would undergo a chemical change, and would give off Arsenic gas. The wallpaper in Napoleon's bedroom contained Scheele's Green and he was poisoned.

Alexander I of the Hellenes, the King of Greece from 1917, died after being bitten by his pet monkey. While he was walking his dog in the garden, his pooch and his monkey started to fight. In an attempt to separate them, Alexander was bitten on the ankle by the monkey. Five days later, the wound turned septic and he came down with a fever. He later died from the resulting Cellulitis.

French King and Crusader Henry I died from accidental defenestration. When Henry was awaiting word from the Pisan army that their ships and soldiers were ready to join him in relieving Jaffa from Al-Adil's Saracen army, he eagerly turned to greet the delegation when they arrived. When he did, he stepped backwards and lost his balance. As he fell over, his little dwarf, Scarlet, pulled at his robes. However, instead of saving the king, the dwarf fell, too, and both men died instantly.

Francis Bacon, one of the most influential minds of the late 16th century as a statesman, philosopher, writer and scientist, died by stuffing snow into a chicken. He was struck by the notion that possibly snow could be used to preserve meat in the same way that salt was used. He bought a chicken from a local village, killed it, and then tried to stuff the chicken full to snow to freeze it. The chicken didn't freeze...but Bacon did.
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Posted 06 November 2003 - 03:47 PM

JeepinIan, on Nov 5 2003, 07:15 PM, said:

accidental defenestration

In case anyone else was curious:

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  Posted 06 November 2003 - 06:26 PM

I'll admit that I looked it up in the dictionary too.

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Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:05 PM

LOL i must say i didnt pay attention, i did it like i used too do in school on words i didnt know...just skip it hah........

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